Calendar of Upcoming Events

Monday, October 16--
Monday, October 30
Pumpkin Patch Open.  Youth Center Grounds

Saturday, October 21
Flapjack Fundraiser.  Applebee’s Restaurant, 829 Providence Road, Brandon, 8 AM-10 AM

Sunday, October 29
New Member Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM with a reception to follow

Saturday, November 4
Hackney Cemetery Beautification Day.  Hackney Cemetery, 8 AM 

Saturday, December 9
Farm Hands Quartet Concert. Sanctuary, 6:00 PM.
Celebrating Two Anniversaries
In the Summer and Fall of 2007, three forward-thinking women (Claire Bryington, Linda Bauer, and Muriel Harris) decided to take money left-over from our long-time Meals-on-Wheels ministry and begin RESTORE. RESTORE converted buildings and Sunday school rooms into a Food Pantry and Thrift Store. RESTORE has undergone many changes of management (Claire and Jim Bryington, Karen and Bill Moore, Carole and Tracy Whidden, and now Maritza Rivera and Dan Yost), and has been supported by too many volunteers to mention. Happy 10th Birthday to our RESTORE outreach, and thanks to everyone who has made that outreach possible and meaningful to the greater Riverview community.

This month is also marks the 15th Anniversary of service for our long-time nursery attendant, Susan Bonner. Susan is just one of the many, many volunteers who have served the church anonymously throughout the years—but without whom we could not function. Congratulations to Susan and thank you for your faithful service over the years.

The Pumpkin Patch Now Open
After some transportation delay, the Youth’s Pumpkin Patch is now open. This year, the Patch has been moved to the yard in front of the Youth Building. The Patch’s hours of operation are from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on weekdays; between Noon and 8:00 PM on Saturday; and, between 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday. If you need more information or have questions about the patch, please call Rick Phillips at 503-7933.

Flapjack Fundraiser, Coming October 21st
The United Methodist Men are currently selling tickets for their semi-annual Flapjack Fundraiser. Everyone is invited to come to the Applebee’s Restaurant at 829 Providence Road in Brandon from 8 AM until 10 AM to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. Tickets are on sale from any Methodist Man for $7 apiece. Not only is breakfast a great value, but the men collect $5 for each ticket sold. Get our tickets and we’ll see you there on Saturday, October 21st.

New Membership Sunday
On October 30, 1517, Martin Luther posted 96 arguments against church operations and management on his school’s cathedral door. That act, 500 years ago, finally and firmly ignited the Protestant Reformation. How appropriate then that we will be welcoming a few new members on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Please contact Pastor Merritt at the church office if you would like to be a new member into our church family. The congregation is invited to join us in Crichton Hall immediately following the service for soup and dessert.

Hurricane Buckets
We would like to thank Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion and all the volunteers who came out to assemble and pack hurricane buckets and hygiene kits. Those supplies are destined to the local assembly point at Hyde Park UMC in downtown Tampa, and from there to hurricane survivors in Florida and Puerto Rico.

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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the October, 2017
BELL Newsletter from this link.
Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

Download the Prayer Tree for 
October 15  from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
What Marvelous Love!
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up!  What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him.  All of us who look forward to his coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.

1 John 3:1-3 (The Message)

Remember Lowell Kairos
Beverly Plett is once again a member of the Kairos team at Lowell Women’s prison North of Ocala, Florida. A group of ladies from Tampa, Gainesville, the Villages, and Jacksonville will be conducting a 3-day Kairos weekend in the Lowell Main library for about 20 selected prisoners. The weekend will be held from Thursday, October 26th through Sunday, October 29th.

Bev wants to thank those in our congregation who have supported this outreach efforts, by coloring posters and placements, purchasing snack tickets, and adding links to the prison prayer chain. She is asking those interested to sign up for prayer vigil for the weekend, to pray that the prison participants and team will be blessed and protected by God for the weekend.

You can sign up to prayer clock by going to this link.  The link contains a list of Emmaus and Kairos events being held this fall throughout the world. Scroll down to the link for Lowell Correctional Institution and go to the prayer clock for that event. Click on the date and time column, and select a day and time for you to pray for the ladies. Enter your name, your email address (to get a confirmation email), and your city, state and country. 

That’s it. An email confirmation will be sent to remind you of the day and time you selected. That is the time for you to be in prayer for this vital program.
The Farm Hands Quartet Coming in December
The RUMC Care Committee is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring the Farm Hands Quartet in concert in our sanctuary on December 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The Farm Hands Quartet is a multi-award winning Bluegrass Quartet from Nashville, Tennessee. They were awarded the 2017 Bluegrass Gospel Band of the Year by Bluegrass Magazine.

The band is one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing over 150 concert dates per year. The quartet consists of Tim Graves (dobro), Daryl Mosley (guitar), Don Hill (banjo) and Keith Tew (guitar)—all award-winning singers, musicians, and songwriters. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talented bands in bluegrass music.